Trump-appointed Secret Service Director James Murray to retire, head security for social media company

U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, who was appointed to that leadership role in 2019 by former President Donald Trump, recently revealed that he would soon be stepping down from his position.

It was announced Thursday that Murray will “transition from federal service” at the end of July to accept a top security job with a global technology company, the Washington Examiner reported.

The news comes as the federal protective agency faces a bit of controversy over its dispute of particular details contained in testimony delivered by others during public hearings for the highly partisan House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021.

Set to retire at end of July

The U.S. Secret Service issued a news release Thursday to announce that Director Murray would retire from federal service on July 30, bringing to an end his 32 years of federal service, including 27 years with the Secret Service.

“As Director, Murray contributed significantly to the agency’s continued professionalization and growth, and helped the agency navigate the unique challenges presented by the historic COVID-19 pandemic, throughout which the agency continued executing its integrated mission of providing protection to senior elected leaders and investigating crimes targeting our financial infrastructure,” the agency said.

“Since the Spring of 2019, Director Murray successfully guided the agency through eight National Special Security Events and nearly 20,000 international and domestic protective operations,” the statement added. “During that time, the agency also recovered approximately $4.2B in fraud loss and prevented an estimated $8.1B in additional losses at the hands of criminal enterprise.”

Murray is “humbled” to serve; Biden praises Murray’s service

Anthony Guglielmi, chief of communications for the Secret Service, revealed in a tweet announcing Murray’s retirement that the director “will transition to lead global security for a major technology and communications company.”

That tweet also contained a statement from Murray himself, who said, “It has been the highest honor and privilege to call this exceptional agency my home for more than half my life. The men and women of the Secret Service embody Duty, Honor, Justice Loyalty and Courage, and I will always feel humbled to have served as Director.”

The White House issued a statement from President and first lady Joe and Jill Biden about Murray’s retirement, and they said, “Director Jim Murray has led a long and distinguished career in federal and military service for three decades, including the last three years as Director of the United States Secret Service.”

“Jim embodies the meaning of service over self, and protected the families of U.S. Presidents like they were part of his own. We are incredibly grateful for his service to our country and our family,” the first couple added.

No connections to Jan. 6 testimony; will soon join Snapchat

During Thursday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked if there was any connection between Murray’s retirement and the recent testimony before the Jan. 6 committee, but she insisted that there were “no relations at all” and that his exit for the private sector had been planned and discussed internally for several months.

As for that private sector security opportunity alluded to by both Guglielmi and Jean-Pierre, USA Today reported that Murray will soon be joining Snap Inc., the parent company of the social media platform Snapchat, which issued a statement of its own that said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Jim Murray to Snap and look forward to him joining our team on August 1st.”

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